The Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum) is probably the most popular species of lily to be grown indoors. The fragrant, trumpet-shaped, white blossoms of the Easter lily bloom throughout the summer atop 3-foot stems. (Plants that bloom during Easter have been forced for sale). Easter lilies can be repotted or replanted in a garden bed after the foliage yellows and the stems die back in the fall, providing blooms for next summer.
Purchase bulbs that are round and firm in the autumn. Do not purchase bulbs that are shriveled or soft.
Plant each Easter lily bulb in a 6-inch pot. Fill the pot with enough compost to cover the bulb tip with 1½ to 2 inches immediately after purchase.
Place the pot in a cold, dark location. A lily's main requirements are cold nights and ample space to grow.
Water the bulb regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist after planting and throughout the entire growing season.
Move the pot to a brightly lit location, out of direct sunlight, when the first shoots become visible.